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World Cup organizers said almost 6.2 million ticket requests had been made in the first phase of sales. Officials said 70 percent were from Brazil.

“There’s a wish for the world to attend this World Cup,” Valcke said.

He reiterated that he expected six stadiums being readied for the World Cup to be handed over to FIFA by a Dec. 31 deadline. Six other stadiums for the World Cup were used for the Confederations Cup and are ready to go.

He said a stadium being built in Curitiba in southern Brazil was under “permanent monitoring” by the organizing committee. He added that grass at the stadium in Brasilia had to be improved.

“The quality of the pitch in Brasilia is not what you are expecting,” Valcke said. “We have more than enough time to make sure the pitches will be good.”

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